Corelli cadence

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Corelli clash in a cadence on A About this sound Play .[1]

The Corelli cadence, or Corelli clash, named for its association with the violin music of the Corelli school, is a cadence characterized by a major and/or minor second clash between the tonic and the leading-tone or the tonic and supertonic. The cadence is found as early as 1634 in Steffano Landi's Il Sant'Alessio[2] whereas Corelli was born in 1653. It has been described as cliché.[3]

Corelli clash in a cadence on G About this sound Play .[2]

This is created by the voice leading concerns of modal music, specifically the use of anticipation during cadences.[1] The English cadence is another "clash cadence".

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  1. ^ a b Latham, Alison, ed. (2002). The Oxford Companion to Music, p.192. ISBN 0-19-866212-2.
  2. ^ a b Apel, Willi and Binkley, Thomas (1990). Italian Violin Music of the Seventeenth Century, p.56. ISBN 0-253-30683-3.
  3. ^ Julie Anne Sadie, ed (1998). Companion to Baroque Music, p.61. ISBN 0-520-21414-5.